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By LARRY VAUGHT
Ed Issacson of NBAdraftblog.com spent all season evaluating players that were picked in the NBA draft, including Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones of Kentucky. He shared his thoughts on the UK picks.
Question: How good a fit will Marquis Teague be in Chicago?
Isaacson: “It’s tough to tell at this point how Teague will fit in Chicago, but he is nowhere near ready to play as a NBA level point guard for one of the league’s best teams. I am sure with Rose’s status still uncertain at the start of next season, Teague will be the third point guard on the roster and will have an opportunity to learn how to make NBA-level decisions.”
Quesiton: What are your feelings on Terrence Jones to Houston and do you think he stays there?
Isaacson: “I think Houston got good value getting Jones at #18, but it certainly wasn’t the best place for Jones to go. A quick look at Houston’s roster and you notice immediately the large amount of 3′s and 4′s on the roster, including ex-Wildcat Patrick Patterson. Houston is looking to be active, but because of his rookie deal, there is a good chance he gets to stay in Houston if they need to move some of the glut to other teams.”
Question: What do you think made Dorn Lamb’s stock drop a bit more than expected?
Isaacson: “I don’t know if Lamb’s stock really dropped all that much. I know I have told you before that I saw him as a second round pick, and once the second round starts, it is tough to target where players will go within the round. Add to that, certain teams seemed to reach in the first round, so potential first round picks started to slide into the second. Lamb’s demise was the fact that he is a one-dimensional player and he really was only going to go to a team that needed to add a spot-up shooter.”
You can read his NBA draft grades at http://nbadraftblog.com/ where he wonders about Teague’s immediate value to the Bulls but gives the Rockets and Bucks thumbs-up for taking Jones and Lamb when they did. He also has an in-depth Orlando Summer League Preview that includes info on several former Cats.